Husker Look Back: Nebraska buries Gophers

The No. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers traveled to Minnesota and buried the Gophers to a tune of 48-0 in 1989.

Sept. 23rd, 1989

Minneapolis, MN

The No. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers traveled to Minnesota and buried the Gophers to a tune of 48-0. It was Minnesota's worst loss since the Oklahoma Sooners beat them 63-0 in 1986

NU I-back Ken Clark rushed 18 times for an even 100 yards on the day, with his two touchdowns coming in the first and second quarters as the Huskers built a comfortable 24-0 lead at halftime.

The Husker defense also was impressive in the first half, holding the Gophers to just 52 yards, including minus-two passing.

The second half was pretty much the same as the first half as NU was consistent, scoring another 24 points.

The Husker backups got some game action as I-back Leodis Flowers averaged nearly 6 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns. Big Red fans also got a good look at quarterback Mike Grant who was taken out of a planned redshirt year. He had a promising beginning to his career, rushing for 32 yards and passing for 34.

Overall, it was the most complete game for the 3-0 Huskers. Starting quarterback Gerry Gdwoski was very efficient at the controls throwing for 180 yards on 10 of 15 passes, with 121 of those yards and a touchdown going to wingback Richard Bell. Bell had 225 all-purpose yards and earned Big Eight offensive player-of-the-week honors.

Defensively, the Blackshirts held Minnesota to just 163 total yards and its all-time leading rusher Darrell Thompson to 45 yards on 17 carries. They also sacked the Gopher quarterback seven times and intercepted him three times.

Although Minnesota leads the series history against Nebraska (29-19-2), the Cornhuskers have won the last 13 contests since 1960, including an 84-13 victory in 1983 in their only other visit to the Metrodome. In their last nine meetings, the Cornhuskers have outscored Minnesota, 433-58.

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